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How to Clean and Organize Your Freezer

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11.11.14

This post was contributed by Clean Mama, a blog that shares simple cleaning techniques and where everyday life is simplified. 

Cleaning and organizing a freezer can seem daunting and pointless, but with a couple simple ideas you can whip your freezer into shape in no time.  (Need to clean your fridge too?  Here’s how to do that.)

Empty Freezer

Start by emptying out the freezer – work quickly so nothing thaws in this process.  Arrange items in groups (fruit, veggies, proteins, nuts, etc.) on your kitchen table or counters – this will make it easy to return to the freezer organized.

Wipe Clean 

If you need to defrost the freezer you can do that (put your food in coolers with ice), but this is more about tidying up the freezer and organizing it.  Use a barely damp cloth and wipe up any spills and vacuum up crumbs with a hose tool (make sure it’s clean).

Toss 

If you find something that probably should have been consumed a while ago, toss it.

Take Inventory 

Jot down any meat or proteins that should be used up soon and plan meals in the coming week or two that will use up those items.

Organize 

Put everything away in groups that make sense – baking, meats, vegetables, fruits, meals, etc.

Label 

Need to add a label to a shelf, drawer, or bin to ensure things are returned to their proper place?  Go ahead and do that right away. I like using canning jars and plastic lids for storing foods in the freezer – they label easily, can be washed in the dishwasher, and look great.

Becky (Clean Mama) is a work-at-home mom to three little ones, keeping it all together with a great list and a cup of coffee. She loves a clean and tidy home and has great tried and true methods to share with you!  Clean Mama has been featured in Oprah.com, HGTV magazine, HGTV.com, BHG.com, SheKnows.com, Huffington Post, and many other great places highlighting her simple tips and cleaning techniques. Check out her blog Clean Mama, where her motto is "everyday life. simplified."

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